As we venture into 2024, the construction industry is undergoing transformations driven by technological advancements and shifting urban landscapes. As a contractor, how will all this affect your business? Let’s take a look at two key trends that will dominate the construction industry in 2024 and beyond.


City living continues to be incredibly popular, but today’s city dwellers are demanding and discriminating. This is driving ever more innovative and efficient building practices. Construction designers are working hard to provide the usability and sustainability that modern downtowns require. Lighter-weight building materials that are sustainably sourced, as well as prefab and modular construction designs, are expected to rule urban development over the next several years.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Robotics technology has really exploded in the past decade. Autonomous robots are now playing a larger role in construction than ever imagined. Robots are often the best solution for dangerous tasks as well as repetitive jobs such as bricklaying. They can also perform site inspections in a fraction of the time of human inspectors. They have the added advantage of seeing through walls and entering very small crawl spaces.

AI has gotten a bad rap recently, but when used smartly, it can revolutionize your construction business practices. AI is particularly good at project management and resource allocation, ensuring that your crews are working in the most efficient manner and all tasks are on track.

Another area in which AI really shines is predictive maintenance. Rather than making educated guesses about when and where maintenance will be needed, you can harness the immense data collection and analysis powers of artificial intelligence to stay ahead of the game. Sensors and other data collection tools are becoming less and less expensive, making them easy to install in key areas.

And don’t forget about other high-tech innovations such as 3D printing and building information modeling (BIM). You can now create a highly realistic 3D model of even the most complex building design, allowing you to spot potential issues before they occur. And you can 3D print novel new designs with a minimum of waste. It’s a win-win for both you and your clients and a trend that is only likely to become more common in 2024 and beyond.

Need a Skilled Trade Professional?

Of course, all the construction trends in the world won’t do anything for you if you don’t have just the right crew members to implement them. At Great Lakes Skilled Trades, we specialize in connecting contractors with professionals in the skilled trades throughout the Great Lakes region. If you need a skilled tradesperson, learn more about our services, and then contact us today!

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